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Swannanoa Palace

497 Swannanoa Ln, Afton, VA 22920-2535
+1 540-942-5201
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A Little Disappointed

Was there once in the late 70"s when I was a teenager and received a 2 dollar tour from Lao... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
Elkton, Virginia
Call Ahead

Checked website to make sure it was open. Drove from Richmond only to find it was closed. A young... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Evelyn Z
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497 Swannanoa Ln, Afton, VA 22920-2535
+1 540-942-5201
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Was there once in the late 70"s when I was a teenager and received a 2 dollar tour from Lao Russell. I remember how grand the place looked with beautiful gardens out back complete with marble and granite statues working fountains. So me and my...More

2  Thank t0nyf0ley
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Checked website to make sure it was open. Drove from Richmond only to find it was closed. A young lady yelling out the car window informed us, I suppose someone had not updated the site. It is closed some weekends in September as well. Swannanoa...More

Thank Evelyn Z
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Used to be fun, but the "tour" now only includes a small handful of ground-floor rooms. Stay away! The owner was rude when I expressed my displeasure and asked for my money back.

Thank nwinter2017
Reviewed 23 July 2017

If you are an architectural historian, you will appreciate this place and it's history. It's a little tricky to get to, but so worth the find. The house is amazing even though it is falling in disrepair. I went when they weren't offering tours of...More

1  Thank YvonneJC
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Spectacular residence. I loved the views from the tower room. Glad to know some work has been done to restore it but the building and grounds need lots more.

1  Thank John B
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I lived in this area for 17 years and never realized until recently there is a palace amongst the trees. A friend knowing I like history recommended it to me. He explained to get there: "From the Afton Exit take the road south, parallel to...More

4  Thank Mike_Stogoski
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

super fun trip! went with friends after visiting maymont and developing several conspiracy theories regarding The Window...worth the $8 just to hear the cynical owner absolutely roast lao russell for 2 hours lol! we arrived before the house itself opened and spent some time wandering...More

1  Thank wormbaby
Reviewed 4 July 2017

If you love old houses, this is well worth a short drive from the Staunton, VA area to view the exterior of this lovely old gem. Having visited Maymont, a gorgeous plantation outside Richmond which was built by the wealthy Dooley family who built Swannanoa,...More

Thank LJL1974
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Although this "villa" is in disrepair, please understand that the owners (who are up there in age) are using their personal money to try and restore this magnificent building. We toured the house with the owner, Mrs Dulaney. and learned the history from beginning to...More

Thank Bonnie C
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Visited this historic home on a beautiful day in the Shenandoah Valley. You can get off interstate 64 and make a quick visit on a weekend when they are open. You get to walk around the ground floor and visualize what it must have been...More

Thank selah71
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8 August 2017|
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Response from Kathryn A | Reviewed this property |
There is not a real welcoming feel to the place. There are alot of No trespassing signs posted everywhere. Our innkeepers said we could visit the property, but frankly it was kind of creepy.
27 September 2016|
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Response from Alex T | Reviewed this property |
You can try but there are a whole bunch of "No Trespassing" signs
Kerrah C
31 August 2016|
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Response from Alex T | Reviewed this property |
Hi! We paid $8 per person